Friday, October 2, 2009

Bedbugs Infest the Classics at Denver Public Library

to September 22 Denver Post column by Susan Greene, "Don't let the bedbugs bite".

Excerpt: That customer is Roger Goffeney, 69, who happens to have made it his life's mission to preserve books. He's a zealous participant in the Gutenberg Project, a worldwide effort to archive printed books online.

Goffeney borrows tomes of classic literature from the library — as well as from libraries at universities and in other counties using Denver's system as an intermediary. Then he "reviews" the books — not actually reading them but comparing hard copies to online versions to ensure that his fellow Gutenberg volunteers have scanned them completely.

The retired poet and minister lives at Cathedral Plaza, a downtown apartment complex owned by the Catholic Archdiocese of Denver. He says the building is infested.

"They skip, hop and jump," he says of insects that swarmed the borrowed books he stacks on the floor next to his bed.

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